RFI awards ETCS contracts

ERTMS deployment Italy’s rail infrastructure manager, Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (RFI), awarded EUR 2.7 billion contracts for ERTMS deployment on 4,220 km of rail lines.

The tender launched in December 2021 is split into four geographical lots to ensure the technological harmonisation of the system.

By each lot, the winners are:

Lot 1 Centre North was awarded to an alliance of Hitachi Rail STS (leader) comprising ECM, Mermec, Infratech Consorzio Stabile and Atlante. EUR 1.3 billion is the value of the contract covering 1,885 km of lines;

Lot 2 Centre South covering 1,400 km of lines was assigned to Alstom Ferroviaria for an amount of EUR 900 million;

Lot No 3 Centre was awarded to a group of Mermec (leader) and Salcef for an amount of EUR 323 million, covering 530 km of rail lines;

Lot No 4 South was awarded to a consortium of ECM (leader) including Giuseppe Mercuri, Morelli Giorgio, ESIM and Guastamacchia. EUR 251 million is the value of the contract covering 405 km of lines.

The tender represents the last step in the technological projects financed by the PNRR and will involve ERTMS deployment on 4,220 km of railway lines across the Italian rail network. This is in addition to the works for the installation of the ERTMS on approximately 700 km of lines in Sicily, Lazio and Abruzzo and Umbria, for a value of EUR 500 million. The contract was signed in March 2022 and covers 480 km of rail lines in Sicily, 150 km of former “Ferrovia Centrale Umbra” in Umbria and 80 km of the Roccasecca -Avezzano rail line in the Lazio and Abruzzo regions.

RFI intends to equip 3,400 km of lines until 2026 with the first stage covering 1,377 km in 2022 – 2024 and 2023 km between 2025 and 2026. By 2036, the ETCS level 2 will be installed on 16,800 km of Italy’s mainlines.


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